Kirby is a past physical therapy patient and current Alumni Program participant at DOAR North. In this video, Kirby shares how physical therapy helped him learn to use his limbs correctly after undergoing knee replacement surgery and two rotator cuff surgeries.
Since starting physical therapy in the inpatient setting several months ago, Terry has made a lot of progress! He is currently continuing his journey to recovery at Martinsville Physical Therapy, where he works with Mike McClellan, MPT and Tim Armstrong, LPTA. Here is Terry’s story, in his own words:
I broke my heel bone and my femur, and crushed two vertebrae. I started with physical therapy as an inpatient, then in the nursing home, and then I had home therapy because I wasn’t that mobile. Since the doctor told me to go to outpatient physical therapy, I have gone from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane. When I was in the walker, I could make it around the house, but most of the time I was in the wheelchair. I just switched to my cane last week, and also just got out of the foot boot and body cast.
The staff at [Martinsville Physical Therapy] has been good to me. They push me, but they know I have limitations. They’re good about reading people, and they know that rehab is different for each person.
I come to physical therapy because I want to get the best I can. My goal is to get back to work as soon as possible. I’m not one to sit around!
Jenny is a two-time past patient at DOAR Central. She was first introduced to Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab three years ago when she needed physical therapy for her knee. Jenny says, “Orignally, my doctor sent me to DOAR. The second time I needed physical therapy, I chose to come back here because everyone is really nice and friendly, and they have a lot of knowledge.”
As a current Alumni Program participant, Jenny continues her exercise program with DOAR staff nearby. She says, “It’s nice because they can tell me if I’m doing something wrong. They help me a lot… I wish my knee wanted to wanted to walk as badly as they want me to!”
Nancy was diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo, a condition in which a person develops a sudden sensation of spinning, usually when moving the head. When her physician recommended physical therapy, Nancy started services at Roxboro Physical Therapy. She currently participates in the Alumni Program. Here is her story:
I had been to Roxboro Physical Therapy before [after back surgery], so I immediately thought I would come back [for vertigo treatment]. I actually stopped on my way home from the doctor’s office, and they scheduled my appointments and told me what to expect. But everything was even better than I expected!
The first few times I came to physical therapy, my husband had to help me or even lead me in because I was so dizzy, even when I kept my eyes closed. I started to see that I was getting better, so I was eager to come back. I enjoyed the people and being there on time to have as much time with them as possible. When I finished, I started the Alumni Program. They were so patient and taught me how to use all of the weight machines.
I’m amazed at what they did for me and they way they did it. Every step I took, I got better. Everybody was so good to me; they were so patient and didn’t rush me. They started my visits on time, and they wanted me to be there. They spent the entire visit with me, or longer. They stood with me to make sure I did everything right. 111 They were there if I needed them and would even bring me water if I wanted it. I don’t know where you could go to find any better staff!
Linda is a past physical therapy patient and current Alumni Program member at DOAR Chatham. For Linda, physical therapy opened the door to a more active lifestyle. Here is Linda’s story, in her own words:
I am actually quite irritated with the staff at Chatham… they shot down all my great excuses for NOT exercising!!! I started as a patient, a patient in great pain. After six weeks, I finished feeling as though I had found new physical techniques as well as new friends. The entire staff is so helpful that I always feel better after my workouts. The equipment is up to date, but… talking laughing, sharing experiences, trying to figure out how to make bacon a health food – these are the thing that keep you off the couch and on the treadmill.